Sky, Netflix and screenwriter Bisha K Ali have launched The Screenwriters’ Fellowship, a new year-long programme to help tackle under-representation in the high-end TV and film industry.
The programme will support six screenwriters from Black, Asian and other racial and ethnic backgrounds by employing them in a Netflix or Sky writers’ room for their first television credit.
Fellows will also receive a bursary and an industry mentor while attending monthly development events and workshops.
K Ali said: “I am thrilled to be working alongside Netflix and Sky to launch our new Screenwriting Fellowship.
“Although my hope is that one day there will be no need for programmes like this to exist, this fellowship serves as an attempt to move towards a more inclusive industry and, ultimately, decrease barriers to entry for those who are often made to feel like outsiders in this field.”
To apply for the Fellowship, applicants must submit a full script to be assessed by an experienced script reader.
If shortlisted, applicants will then be interviewed and selected by a panel of industry professionals.
The Screenwriters’ Fellowship is now open for entries. Apply and find out more here.